Ahoy Mate! Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours can be reserved for any day (subject to availability). This is your time! All our tours have been designed with you in mind. For corporate and group events, please see our Group Events page.
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Selection & Convenience: Captain Jack's Tours is a day tour/events company and ticket broker specializing in the Santa Barbara area. Tours, prices and times are subject to change without notice. The prices we quote may include and/or be subject to a handling/processing fee. Please read our cancellation policy and other disclosures.
Scenic Flights & Wine Tours….Too Much Fun!
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Includes all Wine Tasting Fees and Transportation
10:30 - 11:00 Start Time / 7 Days a week
Want a great way to see Santa Barbara and taste wine at the same time? We will escort you to 3 wineries here in the city as well as an olive oil and vinegar tasting. Along the way we'll stop and grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant.(Not included in the price.) We include door-to-door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara including hotels, rental houses and even the train station!! While this tour doesn't go into the vineyards, it is perfect for groups who are on a tight schedule or who want to be close to downtown to keep the fun going! This tour starts between 10:30 & 11:00 and usually gets done around 4:00.
11:30 - 12:00 Start Time; Includes all Wine Tasting Fees and Transportation
Enjoy a later start time without missing the fun! Tour starts between 11:30 – 12:00 and returns between 5:00 - 5:30. Please Note: There is no stop for lunch on this tour. We recommend that you have a late breakfast or an early lunch before your tour. If you would like a lunch stop included please see our 'Wine Country Tour' below. Tour includes door to door transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara. Your guide will escort you through the beautiful Santa Ynez wine country where you will enjoy wine tasting at 3 unique venues plus a stop at a working olive oil farm for a olive oil tasting. All tasting fee's are included. Note: due to time restraints we do not include a lunch stop on this tour. You are welcome to bring a snack. A little "afternoon delight anyone"?
Voted the #1 Wine Tasting Tour in Santa Barbara by the Santa Barbara News-Press Reader's Choice Awards!!
9:00 - 9:30 Start Time; Includes all Wine Tasting Fees and Transportation
Our most popular tour and an experience you will never forget! This wine country tour will escort your party out of Santa Barbara and through the Los Padres National Forest, offering amazing views of mountains, lakes and sprawling hills.
This tour will include stops in both of our popular AVAs, the Santa Rita Hills and the Santa Ynez Valley. You’ll also enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local farm (time permitting) which will enhance your experience of this unique agricultural area. To many of our guests this is the highlight of their day. To further enhance your epicurean adventure we will make a lunch stop (not included in the price) at the Santa Ynez Valley’s Number 1 rated restaurant Trattoria Grappolo. (Mondays a different location will be chosen.)
The per person price includes door to door transportation, as well as all tasting fees. We start this tour between 9:00 & 9:30 and drop back off around 5:00 & 5:30. This is a one of a kind experience for those looking for that "special" day. Captain Jack guarantees it!
We have many partner vineyards, and the tour is designed to work with them. If you would like to go to wineries outside of our partners we can book a private/ custom tour. We can also adjust start and end times for the tour as well. If you are interested in putting together a private/ custom tour of the Santa Ynez Valley, just give us a call at 805-564-1819 to go over the details. We are happy to create a tour that can fit in any time constraints or special requests that you may have.
Only $149 per night (+ taxes and fees) Oct 15th – March 14th
Only $169 per night (+ taxes and fees) March 15th – Oct 14th
Book any tour through Captain Jack’s Tours and you will qualify for our hotel special. Hotel accommodations are at the newly remodeled La Quinta Inn & Suites. It includes an over-sized room, heated pool, beautiful garden grounds and is located in downtown Santa Barbara. Breakfast, WI-FI & free parking are 'included' in this package – this package is limited in availability. Book any tour with Captain Jack’s tours….and save with our special room rate. Ask for more details.
$195 per person (2 person minimum)
Daily @ 10:30-11:00
This tour includes three of Captain Jack’s favorite things. You’ll share his love of horses, great wine and the beauty of the Central Coast. We offer door to door transportation from any location in the Santa Barbara area. The day begins with a scenic drive up the coast to a privately owned rustic ranch. It may look a little like a movie set than a ranch but you can rest assured this ranch and the wranglers are the real deal. Your wrangler will guide you on this beautiful horseback ride that winds through the forest and up into the Santa Ynez Mountains where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. They’ll tell you stories, some of these stories may even be true! Next you will enjoy lunch at a popular local restaurant (lunch not included in price). Following lunch, we will head to the Santa Rita Hills Wine Trail. Here you will witness some of the most beautiful scenery in the Santa Ynez Valley. We will escort you to two of the region’s top wineries where you’ll enjoy some of California’s finest wines. Captain Jack's will then pour you back into Santa Barbara.
$225 per person (2 person minimum)
This may well be the closest to "heaven" you will ever get...in this lifetime. Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours is proud to offer our most breathtaking tour ever. This tour combines an ocean kayak tour at the beautiful and famous "smugglers cove" (Refugio Beach) in the morning, where chances are good that the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphins, sea lions, and the migratory Grey Whale may cruise by (in the distance) to say hello. Next, you'll be transported to a secluded resort nestled between a babbling brook and evergreen sycamore trees where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch (lunch not included in price).
After lunch, back into the transport, and off to one of the most breathtaking, scenic guided horseback rides on earth. This ride features spectacular oceans views throughout the ride. Find out why President Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, and Brad Pitt, having the ability to live anywhere in the world, chose California 's Central Coast to call their home. Spend the day with Captain Jack, and you too will see why Captain Jack calls this the "Heaven on Earth" Tour.
Tour Includes: Round-trip transportation, all kayak gear, kayak lesson/brief (kayak knowledge and special athletic ability NOT required), scenic guided horseback ride, no previous riding experience necessary (must be 7 or older), all California Park and Recreation fees, professional, knowledgeable and courteous guides.
$250 per person (2 person minimum)
Kayaking, Horseback Riding, and Wine Tasting
Get along little doggies and hold on to your hats! Experience the beauty of the Central Coast on this full day tour. Captain Jack's Tours is proud to offer this unique adventure to visitors of the central coast. Your day will begin with a guided kayak tour of the famous "Smugglers Cove" and the Gaviota Coast, one of the last unincorporated areas of the California Coastline. Chances are good the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphins, California sea lions, harbor seal, and the migratory Grey Whale may cruise by (in the distance) to say hello.
Next, you'll be transported to a secluded resort nestled between a babbling brook and evergreen sycamore trees where you'll enjoy a delicious lunch (lunch not included in price).
Following lunch, you will experience a breathtaking horseback ride (no experience necessary). After a brief orientation, our wranglers will guide you on our trail which winds through shaded canyons, crosses over a stream several times (most of the year), and makes its way to the top of a mountain where you will have stunning ocean and valley views. Riders for our guided trail rides must be at least 7 years old.
Then, the finish to a perfect day, wine tasting as you review the day's activities. You'll visit 2 local winery tasting rooms where you will have a chance to taste some premium Santa Barbara County wines.
Tour Includes: Round-trip transportation, all kayak gear, kayaking lesson, all wine tasting fees, all California Park and Recreation fees, professional, knowledgeable and courteous guides.
$150 per person
11:00 - 11:30 Start Time / 7 days a week
This tour will visit many of the prominent sites featured in the movie Sideways and is one of our premium wine tours.
Our guides will fill in the day with facts about wine, the Santa Ynez Valley, and most importantly tidbits about the movie. We will also stop at an Ostrich Farm where you will get a chance to feed the ostriches!
At the end of the day we will head to dinner at the Hitching Post, Miles' favorite restaurant, and where his love interest begins. Here you can treat yourself to a delicious meal. (not included in the price) Learn more about the restaurant here. The tour includes all tasting fees as well as round trip transportation from anywhere in Santa Barbara or Santa Ynez. Tour ends approximately 7:30pm.
$85 per person - (2 person minimum)
11:30 - 12:00 Start Time / 7 Days a week
Santa Barbara County may be known for its wine, but that's not the only locally-produced beverage receiving rave reviews. The region's micro-breweries give beer lovers a tasting trail of their own. On the tour you'll enjoy 3 of the area's prime brewing locations. In Santa Barbara, The Brew House is a lively full service restaurant, and M. Special Brewery up North has bands and food trucks rotating on a regular basis and claims what we believe is the longest bar in SB County made from a single piece of a fallen tree. To the south, Carpinteria is home to Island Brewing Company and has been brewing award winning beers in this little slice of paradise since 2000, they have won both national and international acclaim for their hand crafted ales, steadily gaining a groundswell of support among beer enthusiasts. The Beer Tour includes all tasting fees and transportation. At one of these stops you'll be given time to enjoy a great lunch. (Not included in the price.) Tours of the beer making process are based on the availability of the brewery staff and the discretion of the guide and may not be possible on busy days.
$90 trail ride (1.5 hours) 4 times per day
Our $90 trail ride is Kim Kardashian's favorite ride!. This coastal ride is 1.5 hours long and is a 30 minute drive from Santa Barbara. Transportation to the ranch is not included. During this ride you will wind through a forest, past a seasonal waterfall, and up to the top of a mountain where you will have beautiful ocean views. Our wranglers will even stop and take your picture during your tour! We start our rides at 9:30, 11:30, 2:00 & 3:30. For more information please call us at 805-564-1819.
$175 trail ride (1.5 hours) 3 times per day
Enjoy the invigorating (and romantic) thrill of a glorious Santa Barbara Beach Ride in this acclaimed private or semi-private 90-minute excursion. Just 15 minutes south of Santa Barbara this ride gets you down to the sand and right near the waves! Transportation to start of the ride is not included. Just let us know when you would like to go and we will arrange the rest! For more information please call us at 805-564-1819.
Spring (after March 8th): Available daily at Noon/ 2pm /4pm and 6pm (after daylight saving time ends.)
Summer (after May 1st): Available daily at 8:30am/ 4:30pm/ 6:30pm (Some rides mountain rides are available mid day, please call for availability.)
Winter (after November 1): Available daily at 11am/ 1pm/ 3pm and by appointment.
$50 per person; watch video
Daily @ 10:30 and 1:30
Captain Jacks Santa Barbara Tours conducts guided 1.5 - 2 hour kayak tours of the Santa Barbara Harbor at 10:30 & 1:30 daily. Experience California's most beautiful harbor on this fun and easy tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. This tour is the perfect introduction to kayaking and is fun for the entire family. Your tour starts at the boat launch, winds through the harbor, under Stearns Wharf, and out to the one mile buoy. Chances are good the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphin, California sea lions, and harbor seals may cruise by to say hello.
$75 per person (2 person minimum)
This 2.5 - 3 hour guided Santa Barbara kayak tour is an extension of our Harbor kayak tour. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. The coastal tour offers breathtaking views of Santa Barbara's famous "Riviera Coast". Tour starts at the Harbor and paddles south along the coast before turning around and returning to the Harbor. Hopefully the locals, dolphin, sea lion, harbor seals and marine birds will stop by to say hello. Too much fun! We provide snacks, water, towels, and even a plastic bag to store your wet clothes will be provided.
$75 per person; (2 person minimum)
Enjoy the beauty of Santa Barbara and have a toast of the bubbly with that someone special. You can choose between Champagne or Sparkling Cider. Capture the Romance of Santa Barbara. Our professionally guided tour includes a kayak lesson/briefing, all kayak gear and paddles. Your tour starts at the boat launch, winds through the harbor, under Stearns Wharf, and out to the one mile buoy. Chances are good the locals will show up to greet you. Dolphin, California sea lions, and harbor seals may cruise by to say hello.
Public SUP Tour $65 per person (2 hours) Saturdays and Sundays Only 10:00-12:00
Private SUP Tour $75 per person (2 hours) anytime between 9:30am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week
Call to schedule!
Experience the beautiful Santa Barbara coast, the pier and an array of marine life with our Stand Up Paddle Board tours! Take a look at the ocean from a new perspective with one of our 2 hour long excursions. These exciting activities can be done on weekends as part of a public tour or scheduled as a private tour any day of the week between 9:30am and 4:30pm. These tours come with all the necessary equipment and launch from the Santa Barbara Harbor! Give us a call to book your Stand Up Paddle Board experience today!!
$50 per person
The perfect way to spend your day in Santa Barbara. You'll experience a fun and exciting cruise while enjoying beautiful views of the coast and the channel islands. This 50' Catamaran offers 1400 square feet of deck space and the multi hull construction makes her comfortable, stable & safe. You'll find plenty of room for you and your guest or a large party. On board you'll find a beer, wine and soda bar. Light snacks and restrooms are on hand for your convenience.
We also offer the following cruises:
- Live Music Cruises: $60 per person (Friday Nights Only)
Note: Music cruises run from June 1st - August 31st only.
$250 for 1 ½ hour Harbor Cruise. Plus 12% Port Tax and 18% Gratuity
The roomiest little boat in the harbor. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on this ‘Duffy’ style electric yacht. She holds 12 people comfortably but due to local coast guard guidelines, the maximum capacity for this boat is 6 guests. She is perfect for small intimate dinners, cocktail, brunch and wildlife cruises. Please call us or click here for more information.
$500 - up to 6 people - 7 days a week
Captain Jack's favorite! Enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise on a private skippered yacht. Your skipper will be entirely at your command as you pick your destination. Find out why Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera" as you enjoy the sunset and the sparkling lights of the city. The price includes 2 hours on a private yacht. Cruise duration can be extended and does not necessarily need to go out at sunset. Please call us or click here for more information.
$100, $110, $120 or $140 / 7 days a week (2 person minimum)
Get ready for a totally new experience unlike anything you've ever tried. The Segway HT is perfect for touring Santa Barbara. Choose from 4 guided segway tours (prices vary) taking place daily. Your guide will cover the history of Santa Barbara as well as some of the more current points of interest along the way. Tours are offered every day by reservation only. All tours include a lesson and all necessary gear. Renters must be 14 years or older. Call for more information and availability.
$60 / per person Mid-February (Feb 14) through Mid-May (May 15)
Come enjoy Santa Barbara Whale Watching aboard a 50′ Sailing Catamaran. This is an amazing treat that you and your family will remember forever! Morning and afternoon trips leaving daily! The Santa Barbara Channel is home to an incredible assortment of marine mammals, including over 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The most common whales sighted on our whale watching adventures are the majestic Pacific Grey Whales, but sometimes we also see the enormous Blue Whales, which can reach up to 100 feet in length and are the largest animals on the planet! On most of our whale watching trips we also see Common, Risso’s and Bottlenose Dolphins, California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and lots of other marine life. Occasionally, we are even lucky enough to spot Orcas, Humpback, Minke, and Pilot Whales. Whether you live in Santa Barbara or you’re just here visiting on vacation, you owe it to yourself and your family to come whale watching. This is a treat we’re sure you’ll remember forever. Also, remember, we almost always see dolphins, sea lions and other fantastic marine life too.
$105 per person (4.5 hours) at 10:30 daily (May 16 to Feb 13)
The "Wonders of Our National Parks" on the Discovery Channel highlighted the outstanding abundance of marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel and named it “One of the 10 Best Places in the World to View Wildlife.” The Channel Islands, on the migration path of the California Gray Whale, offer an opportunity to watch the whales on their way to Baja where, they give birth, and then again as they migrate north with their babies. More than 30 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions frequent the area, including the majestic blue whale, the acrobatic humpback whale, the barnacled gray whale, the powerful orca, the playful long-beaked common dolphin and the gregarious California sea lion. This 4.5 hour trip takes place on a 75¬foot catamaran with beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks available for purchase.
$75 1/2 day or $105 3/4 day
Join us for a fun-filled deep sea sport fishing trip! This 65’ boat has a full galley, three large bait tanks, and a custom sun deck. It is the largest, fastest, cleanest half-day fishing boat in the Santa Barbara harbor and is the perfect choice for a casual trip with friends, or a serious saltwater outing. Rods, bait, tackle and fishing licenses can be provided at an extra charge.
$325 Per Hour (2 hr minimum) plus 12% port tax & 18% gratuity
½ Day (5 hours) $1100 plus 12% port tax & 18% gratuity
¾ day (8 hours) $1750 plus 12% port tax & 18% gratuity
Come experience the excitement of a fun filled day spent in the Santa Barbara Channel with our experienced crew. Go Sportfishing, whale watching, explore the Channel Islands, see our coastline or simply celebrate a special adventure with your family and friends. Our private charters are designed with your enjoyment, comfort and safety in mind. With room for your private group up to 6 passengers.
This custom 41 foot Radon Sportfisher with a flying bridge and integrated swim step was locally built in Santa Barbara. She is known for her strength, stability and a comfortable ride. It was custom built and designed specially for offshore sport fishing. Completely rebuilt from bow to stern in 2016, it is the newest and most well-appointed charter boat in Santa Barbara.
She can sleep up to 6 passengers and up to 3 crew comfortably. The restroom/shower is enclosed outside of the cabin for comfort and privacy and has hot and cold running fresh water. She is powered by new twin 435 horsepower Volvo diesel engines. A 12.5kwatt generator provides 110 and 220 power throughout the boat which means you can use and charge your electrical devices and has a 400 mile range with a cruising speed of up to 20 knots.
$65 per person; includes a beverage and all painting materials & professional instruction
Looking for inspiration?? Come join us for a glass of wine and an open canvas! This painting class is 2 hours long and includes all the neccesary materials —a 16" x 20" canvas, paint, brushes, easels and aprons as well as a glass of house wine (or other beverage) with each registration. Feel free to follow along with the instructor or paint your hearts desire! Along with the included drink, additional items are available for purchase including wines by the glass or bottle,champagne, mimosas, beer, soda, juice and even beautiful Cheese and Charcutierie Plates, catered by L'Apero. We do recommend reserving plates ahead of time. Please call us for availability or with any additional questions!
$225 per person
7 days a week
Santa Barbara's world class paragliding hill offers one day lessons for participants 11 years old and up with no prior experience necessary. This is a sport where you get to start having fun right away. Participants will practice ground control by jogging with the paraglider over head getting a feel for the steering controls. After a few practice runs its time to take your first flight under radio supervision. People have been traveling from all over the world to fly at Santa Barbara's unique paragliding training location for over 20 years. The van will pick you up in the landing zone after each flight, and take you back to the launch at the top of the paragliding bunny hill for multiple flights as you take in the view of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
This is an intimate group activity where everyone will spend the day together enjoying a truly unique experience. Participants will enjoy the panoramic views during the lunch break and use the experience gained during the morning flying to build their skills for the afternoon flying. Most participants are simply amazed they are able to launch, fly, and land the world's most evolutionary aircraft many times on their very first day. We encourage you to organize a family outing, bachelor party, team building event, or birthday party for what has to be one of the most unique adventures on the planet.
$150 per person for 2 flights ea.
7 days a week
Captain Jack's Tours offers tandem flights from from the Santa Barbara. There is no prior experience necessary for a tandem flight and age is not a factor. We can get just about anyone up on a tandem flight.
Tandem Flights: $150 for 2 flights
This flight has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands, and the Santa Barbara Mountains. During these 2 short flights we fly out toward the Pacific floating like a bird making gentle turns before landing.
We use a larger canopy designed to carry the weight of two people. Each person has their own harness, and the passenger and instructor are connected together with spreader bars. The Tandem instructor sits in the back and the passenger sits in front. We organize our equipment and do a simulation before our actual launch. The instructor double checks your buckles and straps, clips you in, and we turn and wait for a nice launch cycle.
The flight area has great facilities, we contract with top-notch instructors and state-of-the-art training equipment. You will appreciate the concern for safety and the focus on developing paragliding fundamentals that will help provide you with safe secure flights.
$215 per person, Private Tours Available
7 days a week
Soar to new heights with a morning Santa Barbara balloon ride! With over 100 wineries in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley, the year-round near perfect climate and light prevailing winds in the Central Coast of California makes this an ideal place for ballooning. FAA Commercial Certified Pilots offer a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget! On an average day you may catch a glimpse of “Neverland Ranch” while floating over wine vineyards and rolling hills. We offer 45 minutes to 1 hour duration flights that capture views over the Beautiful Wine Country surrounded by Transverse Mountain Ranges, the Channel Islands, Lake Cachuma and the historic towns of Solvang, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Maria and Paso Robles. Call for more information.
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Don't see the tour package you were looking for? We are happy to put together a custom tour for groups of 4 or more. Choose a combination of any of our activities: Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Sailing, Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting & even Paragliding! Just give us a call to discuss the details: 805-564-1819
Selection & Convenience: Captain Jack's Tours is a day tour/events company and ticket broker specializing in the Santa Barbara area. Tours, prices and times are subject to change without notice. The prices we quote may include and/or be subject to a handling/processing fee.
Captain Jack's Guides will do everything to make your tour "special". If you have a good time, feel free to show your appreciation.
Captain Jack's Tours is not responsible for items lost or left behind, including personal items, wine, & other purchases made throughout the day. Please make sure you check your belongings carefully at the end of the tour.
Cancellation Policy: Please be aware that Capt. Jack's Tours has a NO CANCELLATION, NO REFUND POLICY. It is no different than if you bought a ticket for a baseball game or a concert….if you miss the event no one is going to send you a refund. All sales are final. If Capt. Jack’s Tours cancels your tour due to weather or any other reason you will receive a full refund.